After homo sovieticus: Democratic governance gaps and societal vulnerabilities in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood

Merheim-Eyre, Igor (2018) After homo sovieticus: Democratic governance gaps and societal vulnerabilities in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood. European View, . ISSN 1781-6858. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1781685818808715) (Full text available)

Abstract

This article explores three intertwining issues facing the countries in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood: (1) the continued legacy of homo sovieticus or the ‘Soviet Man’, (2) the state of democratic governance and (3) societal vulnerabilities. Existing since the collapse of the Soviet Union, they can be seen as both barriers to reform as well as vulnerabilities exploited by domestic and foreign actors for the purposes of division and subversion. The article argues that if the EU or the wider transatlantic community wants to support the countries of the eastern neighbourhood on their road to security, democracy and prosperity, we must place the dignity of the individual at the heart of our policies. This requires (a) fostering deeper social and cultural capital, and (b) ensuring that we strengthen the resilience of society rather than that of autocratic leaders and oligarchic structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Homo sovieticus, Eastern Partnership, Democratic governance, Societal vulnerabilities, Resilience
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Matthias Werner
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 15:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70045 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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